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At one point in the Christmas Day 2007 Kirkwall Ba game the action moved to the rooftops! Luckily nobody was injured….

The Ba is played every Christmas and New Year’s Day in Kirkwall, Orkney. It’s a kind of traditional game of mass football, played in the streets of the town between the Uppies and the Doonies. Throw-up is from the Merkat Cross in front of St Magnus Cathedral at 1pm, and the game often takes several hours to reach a conclusion. The Uppie goal is a wall and the Doonie goal is the harbour basin!

You can see more Ba photos here and more of my work at
http://www.orcadiaimages.co.uk

I specialise in photographs of Scottish islands, puffins and kayaking, although I can supply a wide range of images covering such areas as Scotland and nature & wildlife.

My work has been published in a variety of publications & newspapers. I have previously won the Scottish Canoe Association Arduaine Trophy and the Rural Gateway monthly photography competition.

I am happy to undertake commissions – I can be contacted by email at fiona@orcadiaimages.co.uk
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Comments

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragheralmost 7 years ago

    AMAZING,,I HEARD OF PLAYING BALL AGAINST THE SIDE OF A HOUSE,,BUT NEVER ON IT,,GREAT SHOT

  • kevsphotos2008
    kevsphotos2008almost 7 years ago

    well cool shot
    well done……………………………

  • retsilla
    retsillaalmost 7 years ago

    HA! I can see my hertiage in this shot.

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaalmost 7 years ago

    Great capture!

  • nikicntry
    nikicntryalmost 7 years ago

    Sounds like an interesting game. Hardcore players…must be fun.

  • NordicBlackbird
    NordicBlackbirdalmost 6 years ago

    wicked madness, lolll! :))))
    xoxo

  • Reynaud
    Reynaudalmost 5 years ago

    It looks like quite a bit of mischief…well captured, Fiona.

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